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Jake Squared (2014)



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Jake Klein, 50, sets out to make a movie. He hires an actor to play himself and throws a big party. His idea is to shoot the heck out of it and see what he gets. But, everything spins out of control as different, unexpected people show up. Old loves are there. New loves are there. His dead father, his mother when she was young, his kids, his ex-wife. Even his younger selves, Jake at 40, Jake at 30 and Jake at 17, are there, too! And every one of them has tons of advice on how to fix his screwed up life. Jake's head reels as he staggers through what's either a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown... or both! (c) Freestylemore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Goldberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 16, 2015
Box Office: $1.7k
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Elias Koteas
as Jake Klein
Mike Vogel
as Actor Jake
Kevin Railsback
as Young Jake
Ron Gilbert
as Mitch Klein
Kerry Stein
as Grandfather
Liana Liberato
as Young Joanne
Susan Traylor
as Actor Jocelyn
Kelly Pendygraft
as Actor Beth
Yetta Gottesman
as J-Date Woman
Cynthia Murell
as Persephone
Googy Gress
as Richie Madden
Donna Bryce
as Actor Mom
Bill Bryce
as Actor Dad
Annie Monroe
as Actor Jocelyn
Will McElroy
as Director's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Jake Squared

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

Goldberg buries the heart of the movie beneath several layers of pretentious film-school effects.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Quotations from sources as varied as Thelonious Monk, Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss appear on screen, imbuing the movie with unearned significance.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Goldberg doesn't display the kind of control needed for this sort of meta-storytelling.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The characters natter endlessly and summon printed quotes from Jean Cocteau, Mark Twain and e.e. cummings onto the screen. But they say nothing that's original, insightful or even interesting.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

More enervating than it is ambitious, Jake Squared is partly a romantic comedy and mostly a pseudo-philosophical apology for self-absorption.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

The funny side of navel-gazing narcissism.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jake Squared

As Jake Klein(Elias Koteas) tells it, he used to be a hotshot film director in Hollywood. But that was a long time ago and now he makes a living selling real estate. However, he feels he is ripe for a comeback, so he is going to make a movie about his own experiences, having already cast an actor(Mike Vogel) in the lead. But then younger versions of Jake start putting in an appearance and hogging the hot tub, along with a mysterious woman(Jane Seymour) in blue. Otherwise, Jake just wants to sleep in late.

"Jake Squared" gets off to a fine start with its unique take on a mid-life crisis. And it is fun watching Elias Koteas let his hair down for once(so to speak), along with a very fine cast that also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Virginia Madsen. But after a while, the movie is simply content to chase its metaphorical tail. Luckily enough, the movie does eventually catch its tail, allowing for one true bit of insightful wisdom to shine through in the end.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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